Copyright was developed in the age of the printing press, and was designed to fit with the system of centralized copying imposed by the printing press. But the copyright system does not fit well with computer networks, and only draconian punishments can enforce it.
The global corporations that profit from copyright are lobbying for draconian punishments, and to increase their copyright powers, while suppressing public access to technology. But if we seriously hope to serve the only legitimate purpose of copyright to promote progress, for the benefit of the public then we must make changes in the other direction
A working days worth of lectures around the tensions between copyright and community - http://cubicgarden.com/copyright
Fravia. - http://www.fravia.com/
Little is known about Fravia except his websites and lectures are legendary, delivering cosmic power for everyone through advanced websearching techniques and secrets. Travelling specially from Europe to Ravensbourne, he will cover media and image searching, copyright and watermarking, and news searching. Last year his websearching lecture was one of the most successful, controversial, eye-opening lectures the College had ever seen. We are looking forward to more of the same.
Richard M Stallman. - http://www.stallman.org/
Richard Stallman is the founder of The GNU Project, launched in 1984 to develop the free operating system GNU (an acronym for "GNU's Not Unix"), and thereby give computer users the freedom that most of them have lost. GNU is free software: everyone is free to copy it and redistribute it, as well as to make changes either large or small. Stallman graduated from Harvard in 1974 with a BA in Physics. During his college years, he also worked as a staff hacker at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, learning operating system development by doing it. He wrote the first extensible Emacs text editor there in 1975. In January 1984 he resigned from MIT to start the GNU project.
Cory Doctorow. - http://www.craphound.com/
Cory Doctorow is the Outreach Coordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a Internet civil liberties nonprofit organization based in San Francisco. As outreach coordinator for the EFF, working on policy research and participates in standards bodies, he works to enlist the support of other organizations in EFF's issues. He is co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing and is a frequent contributor to Wired Magazine and the O'Reilly Network. He enjoys googling for interesting facts about long walks on the beach, shame because he now lives in London where there are no beaches.